Restrainers And Immobilizers (e.g., Strait Jackets, Etc.) Patents (Class 128/869)
  • Patent number: 10383458
    Abstract: An infant support and stabilization cushion seat to provide a safe and secure containment and retainment of an infant in a sitting position. The support cushion seat is formed of a resilient shape retaining foam core with a yielding encapsulating surface cover material defining a contoured child receiving area therewithin. An insertable access retainment tray portion overlies a portion of the child receiving area with deflectable under child placement and retrieval returning to the original orientation, once released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Pagano Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Paul Pagano
  • Patent number: 10350134
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include a method and a device for increasing blood flow and controlling the temperature of a mammal by applying a desired pressure to extremities of a mammal. The device generally includes a pliant body element that is adapted to receive a portion of an extremity of the mammal therein, and then apply a pressure to a portion of the extremity when a pressure is provided to a region in which the extremity is positioned within the pliant body element. By evacuating the region in which the extremity is enclosed, a contact surface area between the extremity of a mammal and the pliant body element is increased, due to the external atmospheric pressure acting on the pliant body element against the skin of the extremity of the mammal. The application of pressure assures that sufficient contact and thermal heat transfer (heating or cooling) is provided to the extremity of the mammal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: AVACORE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: John Roy Kane, Scott A. Christensen, Nathan Hamilton, Stephen J. Williams
  • Patent number: 10226680
    Abstract: A training system includes apparel and balls that fasten to the apparel. The apparel includes patches or strips of hook/loop fastener material that couples to strips of the hook/loop fastener material on the balls. The balls are removed during training by an opponent. The balls are placed on the apparel to emphasize training to that region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: H-Bomb Productions LLC
    Inventor: Ronald Simms
  • Patent number: 10219973
    Abstract: A system and apparatus for promoting perfusion at a tissue site containing a sprain by applying a vacuum to intact skin extending over or surrounding the tissue site. The system and apparatus comprise a manifold formed from a porous material and configured to be disposed proximate the intact skin for distributing vacuum to the intact skin, and a sleeve adapted to cover the manifold and form a chamber containing the manifold to seal the manifold within the chamber between the sleeve and the intact skin. The system and apparatus further comprise a fluid coupling member adapted to deliver vacuum to the manifold for distribution to the intact skin. A method for applying vacuum to the intact skin of a tissue site is also disclosed and described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry Tab Randolph, Christopher Brian Locke, James Seddon, T. Blane Sanders, Richard Marvin Kazala, Jr., Lillian Ramos, Carrie Ann Kauffman, Marisa Schmidt, Jessica Ann Rivas-Bosquez, Chester Edlund
  • Patent number: 10070985
    Abstract: Implementations of the present disclosure overcome the problems of the prior art by providing a brace for supporting a head of a wearer. The brace includes a head frame, a strap assembly and a cervical bar. The head frame is configured to grip the head of the wearer. The strap assembly is configured to extend along the wearers waist and back. The cervical bar has a first and second ends. The first end connects to and supports the head frame. The second end connects to and is supported by the strap assembly. Advantageously, the cervical bar has a stiffness sufficient to support the head and the head frame against head drop. The brace can do this without interfering with respiratory pathways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: The Methodist Hospital System
    Inventors: Pamela Gail Glazener, Tom Dibello, Richard Neider, Jim Flemming
  • Patent number: 9993381
    Abstract: Apparatus for adjustably positioning extremity or body part such as knees hands, or feet for a surgical procedure having a carriage with a base adapted to engage a track for sliding movement there along, an arm configured to fit to the base at a hinge secured by a pin, a socket formed by the joining of the base and arm configured to accept a ball of a holder generally adapted to engage and support the extremity upon which the surgical procedure is to be performed, and a clamp adjacent cooperating with the hinge to lock a position of the carriage along a track and to lock a holder of an extremity in a secure position. The carriage is configured to be tightened and loosened by the movement of one handle, thereby forming a releasable lock to the ball in the socket and carriage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: INNOVATIVE MEDICAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Tim Blackwell, Tamas Kovacs
  • Patent number: 9824234
    Abstract: A method protects care information in a care provider terminal. The method includes detecting if there is a network disconnection between the care provider terminal and an authorized access point (AP), operating the care provider terminal in an offline mode until a first predetermined time is over after the network disconnection is detected, activating an alarm operation when the first predetermined time is over, and deleting the care information when a second predetermined time is over after the alarm operation is activated. The method may further include determining whether or not the care provider terminal is connected to an unauthorized AP while counting the first predetermined time or the second predetermined time, and deleting the care information if it is determined that the care provider terminal is connected to the unauthorized AP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: LG CNS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chun Rae Cho, Jeong Pyo Kim, Sung Yong Park, Soon Gi Yoon, Kwan Pyo Lee, Moon Ho Ha, Sung Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 9795219
    Abstract: A head restraint travel accessory that stabilizes a user's head when sleeping in a seated position. A harness system attaches to a seat or chair using one of two configurations of straps, cobra or butterfly, depending on the construction and size of the seat. Once the harness is attached, an adjustable head restraint band holds the passenger's head in a fixed position and is attached to the harness. A contoured pillow is positioned on top of the harness and is between the harness and the neck and head of the passenger. The head restraint travel accessory is ergonomically designed to hold a person's head and neck in the optimal position for vertebrae alignment when they are sleeping in a chair, so they will not be awakened by the vestibular response that occurs when the head bobs from side to side or front to back thus waking the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventors: Rener Gracie, Eve Marie Gracie
  • Patent number: 9789287
    Abstract: A head mounted catheter holder assembly is disclosed comprising a head mount assembly and an one or more catheter holders. Said one or more catheter holders comprises a first catheter holder. Said one or more catheter holders attach to said head mount assembly. Said head mount assembly releasably attaches to a head of a user. Said one or more catheter holders releasably hold a one or more catheter tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventor: Kenneth Ehrlich
  • Patent number: 9775934
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention include preforms used to be formed into an immobilizer for use with a patient. The preform includes a preform member that is formed from a thermoplastic material and a filler material. The preform member is relatively rigid at a first temperature and formable at an elevated second temperature. The preform member is opaque at the first and second temperatures. The preform also includes at least one indicator associated with the preform member. The at least one indicator is formed from a thermoplastic material and is opaque at the first temperature and translucent at the second temperature. The at least one indicator can provide a visual indication of readiness to form the preform into the immobilizer upon heating the preform member to the second temperature at which the indicator is translucent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: QFIX SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Coppens
  • Patent number: 9700016
    Abstract: Described herein is a marking system for marking animals. The marking system may include a restraining device, a controller, and a marking device. The marking device includes a marking needle of fixed length comprising one or a plurality of needle tips; the restraining device is sized and configured for restraining an animal or animal body part thereof and oriented such that the marking device can make a mark on a substrate portion of the animal body part; and the controller is configured to control the position of the marking device and to make a mark on the substrate portion of the animal body part. Also described herein are media transfer assemblies for use in the disclosed marking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: SOMARK INNOVATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Kent Raphael Gandola, George Albert Mansfield, III, Mark Erik Pendleton, Gerald Paul Sanders, III, Eric Edwin Barnes
  • Patent number: 9636250
    Abstract: A tongue grasping and restraining device holds the tongue securely during sleep in order to minimize the risk of the tongue slipping back and blocking the throat, a condition known as obstructive sleep apnea. Plural tongue gripping projections are coupled to upper and lower supports. The projections engage and hold the tongue. The upper and lower supports are biased toward one another into a tongue engaging position. The upper support is coupled to the user's upper jaw, for example, to a denture, dental appliance or by upper teeth engaging mechanisms. The lower support can be hinged or otherwise joined to the upper support or can be separate therefrom. A tube and rod mechanism in one embodiment couples the upper and lower supports together. Exemplary methods of manufacturing tongue gripping projections are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventor: John D. Summer
  • Patent number: 9636267
    Abstract: An apparatus has conforming arms each respectively attached to a support surface in a pattern for cooperatively receiving an object. Actuators respectively position the plurality of conforming arms between a disengaged state to receive the object and an engaged state to contact the object at a respective contact area to immobilize the object. A control system selectively controls each of the actuators to cause the respective one of the conforming arms to curve inwardly toward the object to cooperatively exert a grasping force upon the object such that only a fraction of total force required to immobilize the object is applied to the object by each individual conforming arm. A selected grasping force of a selected one of the conforming arms corresponds to a relative fragility of the respective contact area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Nichols Therapy Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Galen Ralph Ackerman, Jarrod L Nichols
  • Patent number: 9615796
    Abstract: A patient immobilization device for positioning a patient in the prone position for breast irradiation, includes a cephalic module for supporting the head and upper extremities of the patient, a thoracic module for supporting the patient thorax, and shaped to allow at least one breast to extend below the thoracic module, and a caudal module for supporting the pelvis and lower extremities of the patient, wherein the cephalic module is optionally detachable and securable to the thoracic module; wherein the thoracic module is optionally detachable and securable to the caudal module and the device can be pivoted in an indexed way around a craniocaudal patient axis F.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignees: UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE, CENTRE HOSPITALIER UNIVERSITAIRE DE LIEGE
    Inventor: Philippe Coucke
  • Patent number: 9597219
    Abstract: A thoracic lumbar sacral orthosis includes an upper body support for use with a torso orthosis. The upper body support has an anterior assembly including an anterior plate secured to the torso orthosis, a sternal assembly connected to the anterior plate, and a pectoral assembly connected to the sternal assembly. A posterior assembly is connected to the torso orthosis and is connected to the pectoral assembly by at least one strap. The sternal assembly has at least one pivot point arranged to pivot the sternal assembly relative to the anterior plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: OSSUR HF
    Inventors: Arni Thor Ingimundarson, Brice Robertson, Harry Duane Romo
  • Patent number: 9585794
    Abstract: A baby compress including: a strip sized to be wrapped around the abdomen of a baby; a pocket on said strip adapted to hold a liquid-soaked wipe, wherein the pocket has: an inner wall facing the baby and comprising mesh adapted to allow the liquid to permeate there through; and a back wall lined with impervious retention layer, adapted to reduce evaporation and leakage of the liquid through the back wall of the pocket; and a fastener for fastening said strip while it is wrapped around the abdomen of a baby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: Batsheva Tsimbler
  • Patent number: 9585499
    Abstract: A device and method for enabling an individual located on a bed to sustain a side-sleeping orientation on either a left or right side. The device comprises a light weight, elongated pillow having a longitudinal axis and being configured to assume a rest position at a back side of the individual and proximate to an adjacent surface of a bed when reclined in a side-sleeping orientation. The pillow includes a hinge-like attachment structure which is positioned along a longitudinal edge of the pillow to secure the pillow to the individual's bed clothing. The attachment structure provides sufficient rotation to allow the pillow to rotate to the rest position in response to the force of gravity, ready to be engaged in a partial captured configuration between the individual's back and bed surface upon initial rotation of the individual from the side-sleeping orientation toward a supine sleeping position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Family Concepts II, LLC
    Inventor: Vaughn W. North
  • Patent number: 9456792
    Abstract: A heading positioning apparatus and the method of use for cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT), and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Gerald T. Grant, Shayne A. Kondor
  • Patent number: 9387306
    Abstract: An intravenous catheter securement device comprises of an intravenous catheter board stabilizer that conforms to patients' bodies and an adjustable elastic sleeve with a hole for catheter insertion, with two overlying flaps for catheter securement. The intravenous catheter board base has holes on either side, one side for connection of the elastic sleeve, and the other side provides a fastening location for elastic bands attached to the sleeve for tightness adjustment. An embodiment of the invention involving the intravenous board is displayed separately as an alternative innovation. This device is comprised of a simple form fitting elastic sleeve having a catheter opening with the intent of applying a removable adhesive to the sleeve itself over the catheter for securement purposes. These embodiments establish a simple, standardized, and safe method of securing intravenous catheters sans adhesive material in contact with the epidermis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Inventors: Andrew Eric Andreae, Lena Mona Badr, James Andrew Bonaffini, Benjamin Ray Campbell, Darian Anthony Edwards, Ilya Gurin, Angela Leslie-Anne Jividen, Lydia An Luu, John Christian McMichael, Matthew Thomas Rhoads, Zi Ye, Sibo Zhang
  • Patent number: 9371018
    Abstract: An accessory device that gently restrains a child's forehead to prevent his or her head from bobbing when asleep in a car seat includes head retention piece with outwardly extending center and side bands for securing the accessory device to the child car seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Inventor: Diana M. Friedman
  • Patent number: 9125745
    Abstract: A jaw-thrust device includes a base with an extension arm disposed on each side of a patient's head mounted on the base. A mandible rest is mounted on each extension arm such that the mandible rest may be deployed proximate to a patient's mandible. A chin pad and at least one connector connects the chin strap to at least one of the base or extension arm; whereby jaw thrusting pressure on the mandible rests causes rotational force on the chin straps such that the patient's mouth opens without substantially tilting the patient's head. The device maintains an open airway unattended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
    Inventor: Girish G. Deshpande
  • Patent number: 9060907
    Abstract: An apparatus has conforming arms each respectively attached to a support surface in a pattern for cooperatively receiving an object. Actuators respectively position the plurality of conforming arms between a disengaged state to receive the object and an engaged state to contact the object at a respective contact area to immobilize the object. A control system selectively controls each of the actuators to cause the respective one of the conforming arms to curve inwardly toward the object to cooperatively exert a grasping force upon the object such that only a fraction of total force required to immobilize the object is applied to the object by each individual conforming arm. A selected grasping force of a selected one of the conforming arms corresponds to a relative fragility of the respective contact area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Nichols Therapy Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Galen Ralph Ackerman, Jarrod L Nichols
  • Publication number: 20150145311
    Abstract: A prisoner seat security device includes a retractable strap which hooks or clasps onto a prisoner, preferably by a restraint device on the prisoner, such as hand-cuffs. As the prison seats in the seat, the strap retracts. The officer can then lock the retraction mechanism so that the strap will not extend and the prisoner is held in place. When it is desired for the prisoner to get out of the chair, the lock is released, allowing the prisoner to stand the strap to be disconnected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Keith D. Squires
  • Patent number: 9038638
    Abstract: An enclosure for protecting an infant from smothering by a parent while feeding features one or more load bearing elements supported above a significant portion of an infant's upper body half, an infant supporting bottom surface, and a removable access panel to provide access to the infants face for feeding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Jeanette Cabrera
  • Patent number: 9032963
    Abstract: Wraps for swaddling babies are provided that include a body having a base side. The wrap can further include two arms that are attached to the base side of the body of the wrap. The arms can extend outward in an opposite direction to one another along the base side of the body of the wrap. Related methods of using the wrap are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Carolyn Grissom
  • Patent number: 9028258
    Abstract: The present invention provides method and apparatus to perform combined cognitive and motor rehabilitation on a computerized non-portable system or on single portable device. A patient can play a variety of games that require the patient to perform a variety of memory exercises which involve physical exertion. The activities of the patient are monitored with pattern analysis software which provides feedback to the patient. The feedback can include voice synthesis, video guidance, progression messages etc. Patient data obtained while the patient is performing each of the memory exercises is stored locally on a database module and then uploaded to a cloud server. A remote psychologist/psychiatrist monitors the patient by logging into the same cloud, and updating cognition exercises. The same therapist can have live chats with the patient for further interaction and coaching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Bright Cloud International Corp.
    Inventor: Grigore C. Burdea
  • Publication number: 20150096570
    Abstract: Head restrainer for immobilising the head of patients for producing NMR images such as those which are based on the application of electromagnetic beams (X-rays, gamma rays) and/or for carrying out surgical procedures, having a C-bend (1), at each end region of which at least one mandrel (3) is attached, these being substantially diametrically assigned with respect to each other, wherein at least one mandrel (3) is coaxially attached to an axially moveable bolt (2) which can be acted upon in the axial direction via a clamping device (11), and a force indicator (12) assigned to the clamping device, wherein fixing means (14) are provided which serve to temporarily set the bolt (2) and the attachment of the clamping device (11) and force indicator (12) to the head restrainer is releasable while the fixing arrangement is retained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Hubert Noras
  • Patent number: 8997749
    Abstract: A surgical assembly (20) comprises a post (100) having a longitudinally extending axis (104), a support (56) for resisting movement of the post in a negative longitudinal direction, and a platform (70) offset from the support in a positive longitudinal direction. The platform includes an opening (82) through which the post projects. The opening includes a throat (86). The post has a first dimension which renders the post incapable of passing through the throat and a second dimension which renders the post capable of passing through the throat. Alternate embodiments in which the post can be removably engaged with the support and platform and disengaged therefrom without translating the post in the longitudinal direction are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Allen Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Scott Drake, Dustin T. Libby
  • Patent number: 8997750
    Abstract: A stabilization bar and a stabilization method for stabilizing patients during radiation therapy treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Everardo Menchaca
  • Patent number: 8992451
    Abstract: A shoulder orthosis is provided having an arm support and an optional arm spacer connected to the arm support. The arm support includes an arm retainer and a supportive strapping system. One optional arm spacer includes a pair of individual pillows which are attachably combinable with one another at a first face of the first individual pillow and a face of the second individual pillow to form one combined pillow having a first shape. The individual pillows are alternately attachably combinable with one another at a second face of the first individual pillow and the face of the second individual pillow to form another combined pillow having a second shape different from the first shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Breg, Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Fout
  • Patent number: 8985118
    Abstract: This application presents retention devices that afford the user quick and easy placement. These retention devices may accommodate objects of various shapes and sizes. The device provides sturdy means for retaining and securing an object to a surface without the need to handle and position flaps of tape. The device allows easy removal from the retained object without adhesives directly contacting or damaging it sensitive surfaces. The retention described here may be used to quickly secure anatomic structures during operations, such as securing the penis against the abdomen during vasectomy, without causing discomfort or damage to sensitive skin during application or removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Alred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California
    Inventors: Afshin Nadershahi, Ricardo G. Hahn
  • Publication number: 20150053212
    Abstract: An apparatus and method to apply bilateral medial pressure against a position proximate to the ramus of the mandible jawbone of a patient. The apparatus includes a first pressure device, a second pressure device, and a locking mechanism operably associated with the first pressure device and the second pressure device. The method includes simultaneously applying bilateral medial pressure against a position proximate to the ramus of the mandible jawbone of the patient and locking the first pressure devices in position with the locking mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Phillip Guerra
  • Publication number: 20150053213
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system for immobilization of a patient body part for radiotherapy applications comprising: a device comprising at least one flanged support member which is suitable to be mounted to a fixation surface and is adapted to receive and retain at least two sheets; a first sheet for covering the anatomical contours of a first area of said body part, and a second sheet for covering the anatomical contours of a second area of said body part which is not covered by the first sheet; whereby the system is adapted for supporting the immobilized body part free from the fixation surface by the two sheets and the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Reginald Nieberding
  • Publication number: 20150047652
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system for immobilization of a patient body part for radiotherapy applications comprising: a device comprising at least one flanged support member which is suitable to be mounted to a fixation surface and is adapted to receive and retain at least two sheets; a first sheet for covering the anatomical contours of a first area of said body part, and a second sheet for covering the anatomical contours of a second area of said body part which is not covered by the first sheet; whereby the system is adapted for supporting the immobilized body part free from the fixation surface by the two sheets and the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Leendert Gerrit De Mooij
  • Patent number: 8955181
    Abstract: A child restraint device for use with a changing surface for diapering a child, which includes a rear panel, two vest flaps each attached to the rear panel, and two affixing flaps for securing the rear panel to the changing surface. Each of the two vest flap has a multiple-sided shape with a first side attached to a top edge of the rear panel, a third side attached to a side edge of the rear panel, and a second side between the first and third side forming an arm opening. The attachment locations of the two flaps to the top edge of the rear panel are spaced apart from each other for accommodating the head of the child. The two vest flaps include means for attaching them together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventor: Erin Shigeko Uyeda Kelly
  • Publication number: 20150020817
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a medical head holder, comprising: at least two opposing engagement members (1, 2) configured to engage the head of a patient; a frame (3, 4) comprising a first (3) and a second frame section (4) which are displaceably coupled to each other, each frame section (3, 4) supporting at least one of the engagement members (1, 2); connecting means (5) which allow the first and second frame sections (3, 4) to be displaced and by means of which the first and second frame sections (3, 4) are guided and can be detachably fixed to each other; coupling means (6) which are attached to the second frame section (4) and by means of which the second engagement member (2) is displaceably coupled to the second frame section (4) and can be fixed to the second frame section (4); a force applicator (7) which is detachably coupled to the second frame section (4) and acts on the coupling means (6) so as to cause the second engagement member (2) to be displaced and/or fixed relative to the second fr
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Christian Radina, Rupert Heigl, Markus Graedler
  • Publication number: 20150000679
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for manufacturing a polymer sheet for use as an immobilization element, wherein the sheet is at least partly made of a polymer material comprising a polymer from the group of polycaprolactone, a copolymer of polyethylene with at least one ?-olefin having 3-10 C atoms, or a mixture of two or more of the aforementioned polymers, a photo-initiator, and a photo-cross-linker, wherein the polymer sheet has a thickness of 1.0 to 5 mm and wherein the polymer sheet is at least partially cured by exposing to UV radiation for the at least partially cross-linking of the polymer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: ORFIT INDUSTRIES
    Inventors: Steven Cuypers, Bogdan Bogdanov
  • Patent number: 8869801
    Abstract: A cushioned restraint assembly secures a limb comfortably to a structure. The assembly includes an elongated cuff configured for encircling a limb. A band is coupled to and extends along the cuff. The band is configured for securing the cuff around the limb. A strap is coupled to and extends from the cuff. The strap is configured for coupling to a structure. A cushion is coupled to an interior face of the cuff whereby the cushion is configured for positioning between the cuff and the limb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph S. Thompson
  • Patent number: 8844536
    Abstract: A locking apparatus for use with a head fixation device allows for a stabilizing fixture, such as a rocker arm having a pair of skull pins, to be selectively secured so that the stabilizing fixture can be adjustably rotated to a desired position. In some version the locking apparatus includes a connector that is retained within an opening in a portion of the head fixation device. The connector can translate within the opening and is restricted from rotation. The translating of the connector permits the connector to engage an arch member that retains the stabilizing fixture. The engagement of the connector and arch member is accomplished, in some versions, by way of matching axial oriented toothed portions or starburst features. In some versions the teeth on the starburst features include a chamfer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: pro med instruments GmbH
    Inventor: Matthias E. Schuele
  • Publication number: 20140283849
    Abstract: A dental apparatus for limiting how far a person can open their mouth to hamper eating is disclosed. A first tooth interface is affixed to at least one upper tooth and a second tooth interface is affixed to at least one lower tooth in proximity to the first tooth interface. A range limiting device having at least two sections, such as two triangular shaped sections, is sequentially linked from a first section of the range limiting device to a last section of the range limiting device. Each section of the range limiting device is movably affixed to an opposing tooth interface, such that the device movably interconnects the first tooth interface and the second tooth interface, thereby allowing the person to completely close their mouth, and limiting the person to opening their mouth to a range less than fully opened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Roger S. Pecina
  • Patent number: 8839794
    Abstract: Embodiments of an apparatus are described. In one embodiment, the system is an apparatus for securing a patient to a board. The apparatus includes a board and a disposable cover that covers at least a portion of the board. The disposable cover includes a securing mechanism for securing the cover in place around a portion of the board. The disposable cover further includes at least one strap to wrap around the body of a patient or other object. The disposable cover also includes at least one second strap to wrap around the first strap. The second strap may include an adhesive material to secure the second strap around the first strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventors: Cheri J. Tonks, Russell Tonks
  • Patent number: 8834394
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a device for reducing brain and cervical spine injury includes a headpiece sufficiently designed to secure to a user's head, the headpiece having a first attachment member; a support harness sufficiently designed to secure to the user's torso, the support harness having a second attachment member; and a telescoping member having a main tube and a series of progressively smaller diameter tubes nested within each other, wherein the smaller diameter tubes are adapted to extend and compress in a linear plane by the intake and outflow of fluid, wherein the telescoping member has a first engaging member for engaging the first attachment member, and wherein the telescoping member has a second engaging member for engaging the second attachment member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Jamshid Ghajar
  • Patent number: 8821423
    Abstract: A compliance strapping includes a predetermined adjustability, tamper deterring and indicating strapping, adapted, in use, to form an encircling loop. The compliance strapping is passed around an object and for further security the strap can be threaded through lining material or through a wearable article or medical device. The free end of the elongate member is passed through the loop, which may be a D-loop sewn into the strapping, thus forming an encircling loop of strapping. The second end is brought around to close proximity with a region of the strapping which has been passed through the loop and the tamper indicating means fastened known as the self locking rivet to said region of the strapping. Thus the encircling loop cannot be broken because the region of the strapping with the self locking rivet fastened thereto cannot pass back through the D-loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Fastform Research Ltd.
    Inventors: Kevin Conlon, David Sheehan, Kerry Meehan
  • Patent number: 8808212
    Abstract: A shoulder support device includes a flexible elastic continuous ring band and a slide adjustably movable on the band that divides the band into a pair of loops defining arm receiving apertures that are cupped over the curved deltoid region of each shoulder of a wearer to pull the shoulders back and downward under tension to achieve a correct posture position. The slide is moveable to adjust tension distributed to the wearer's shoulders. When the slide is positioned midway between the shoulder blades at the back of the wearer, it provides equal distributed tension on both shoulders. Moving the slide more to the left or more to the right allows the wearer to selectively adjust which shoulder receives more tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Virginia Obana Redmond
  • Patent number: 8795213
    Abstract: An orthosis for the treatment of congenital, developmental and degenerative spinal deformities or misalignments, including an upper thoracic component adapted to cover part or the whole thorax and made in non-elastic material, a pelvic component adapted to encircle the pelvis and made in elastic-material and reinforced with non-elastic materials, a non-elastic strapping system adapted to encircle the pelvis transversely and providing a stable fitting, resistant to transverse plane rotations and proximal migration, and at least four removable, corrective elastic bands running obliquely around part or all of the body circumference and attach from the thoracic component (right shoulder, left shoulder, right distal thorax, left distal thorax) to posterior-lateral and/or anterior sections of the pelvic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: The Spinecorporation Limited
    Inventor: Andrew James Mills
  • Patent number: 8783264
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling the position of a user of a wearable positional therapy device are provided. The wearable position therapy device can be configured to monitor and store physiological signals that can be used to assess sleep quality and sleeping position of a user. The device can be configured to be worn around the head, the neck, or body of the user. The device can be configured to provide feedback to a user if the user is sleeping or is positioned in a target position to induce the user to change positions. The feedback can be provided by one or more haptic motors that can be configured to provide various levels of feedback and the level of feedback can be customized based on the user's reaction to the feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Advanced Brain Monitoring, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Levendowski, Timothy Zavora, Philip R. Westbrook, Mirko Mitrovic, Bratislav Veljkovic, Chris Berka, Jonny Trejo
  • Publication number: 20140182603
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention include preforms used to be formed into an immobilizer for use with a patient. The preform includes a preform member that is formed from a thermoplastic material and a filler material. The preform member is relatively rigid at a first temperature and formable at an elevated second temperature. The preform member is opaque at the first and second temperatures. The preform also includes at least one indicator associated with the preform member. The at least one indicator is formed from a thermoplastic material and is opaque at the first temperature and translucent at the second temperature. The at least one indicator can provide a visual indication of readiness to form the preform into the immobilizer upon heating the preform member to the second temperature at which the indicator is translucent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: QFIX SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Coppens
  • Patent number: 8763177
    Abstract: A positioning device is described for supporting an infant with myelomeningocele during surgery, transport and pre- and post-operative procedures. The device allows the patient to be expeditiously re-positioned from prone to supine and lateral positions and vice versa before, during and after surgery. The device allows access to the myelomeningocele while the patient is secured in the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Mercy Medical Research Institute
    Inventors: Bharat Shah, Dawn Zablocki, Sami Khoshyomn
  • Patent number: 8734371
    Abstract: An ankle brace is configured with a lateral anterior talofibular (ATF) strap and an inversion control strap affixed to a non-rigid brace body coupled to a semi-rigid orthotic arch support. The brace may be quickly donned and doffed by a wearer, and provides prophylactic or post-injury support to the ATF ligament without unduly restricting the wearer's motion. As a result, the wearer may participate in physical activity without significant impairment in range of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Eddy Leonard Robertson
  • Patent number: 8733365
    Abstract: This invention generally relates to a product and method to restrain movement, and more particularly to a product and method to releasably restrain the movement of a part of the human body, such as an arm or a leg. In one embodiment of the invention, a first piece is releasably positioned at a part of the body the movement of which is desired to be restrained and a second piece is positioned at the desired location of restraint. The first piece and the second piece are adapted to be releasably connected to each other, such as by magnetic forces, the attractive magnetic forces of two or more magnets, or by mechanical forces such as by a snap, button, buckle, pin, hook and loop fastener or other device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Ronald Louis Krenzel